Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades.
Borobudur temple is regularly open at 6 AM to 6 PM, and most of the peoples come to Borobudur temple before 11 AM and or after 2 PM. Because between 11 AM to 2 PM the weather is very hot because of direct sunshine. But most of tourist they would like to see the temple during sunrise time and come early that is at 6 AM.
For Borobudur sunrise tour, we only can go thru Manohara Hotel in Borobudur complex, and the sunrise tickets is a little bit expensive then the normal ticket entrance fee, that is IDR 335,000 per person or nearly USD 38. For sunrise tour on Borobudur temple, you can stay at Manohara Hotel and you also can stay at your hotel in Yogyakarta. But if you are stay in Yogya, we have to leave from Yogya at least at 4 AM. Because we have to drive about 50 minutes to Manohara Hotel in Borobudur temple complex.